Unified Software for Multi-Functional G-Code: A Method for Implementing Multi-Technology Additive Manufacturing

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2016

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Aguilera, E.
Bailey, C.
Espalin, D.
MacDonald, E.
Wicker, R.

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University of Texas at Austin

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Additive manufacturing (AM) began a manufacturing revolution moving industrial production into consumer homes. With interest shifting toward multi-functional parts fabricated through AM technologies, multi-functional fabrication systems are now being developed. Merging different manufacturing technologies into a single machine is a challenge, but ongoing research in the development of multi-technology systems has shown promise. The software and automation aspects of multi-technology systems are being developed in unison. This paper explores the challenges and approaches to developing software that interfaces with multifunctional CADs and creates files for direct use in multi-technology AM machines.

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